It Happened in Tennessee, 2nd: Remarkable Events That Shaped History

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Tennessee has been home to Indian tribes, Civil War heroes, United States presidents, rock 'n' roll superstars, suffragists, and frontier settlers and was the setting of one of the most famous trials of the last century. It Happened in Tennessee takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Volunteer State's past.Here you'll read about the lost state of Franklin, the mysterious death of famed explorer Meriwether Lewis, the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, ...
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Overview

Tennessee has been home to Indian tribes, Civil War heroes, United States presidents, rock 'n' roll superstars, suffragists, and frontier settlers and was the setting of one of the most famous trials of the last century. It Happened in Tennessee takes readers on a rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at some of the characters and episodes from the Volunteer State's past.Here you'll read about the lost state of Franklin, the mysterious death of famed explorer Meriwether Lewis, the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, and an actress turned Union spy. You'll also learn about the nation's first antislavery newspaper, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, and the worst maritime tragedy in U.S. history.Many of the people and events from Tennessee's past are well known, but many are not. Do you know that Tennessee once suffered an earthquake that measured more than 8.0 on the Richter scale? Or why Tennessee is nicknamed the Volunteer State? And what's the story behind the real-life Jack Daniels?In an easy-to-read style that's entertaining and informative, author Susan Sawyer recounts some of the most captivating moments from Tennessee's history. (6 x 9, 128 pages)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762764426
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: It Happened In Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,396,844
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Sawyer enjoys exploring the past and writing about historical topics. History serves as the centerpiece for many of her writings, taking the form of both fact and fiction. Drawing upon her fascination with the history of her native South, Susan has written seven historical and contemporary romance novels. She is also the author of More than Petticoats: Remarkable Tennessee Women. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Susan worked as a magazine editor and communications consultant before establishing a career as a freelance writer. Today, she writes full-time from her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Ron.

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A series of intense jolts awakened residents of the western portion of Tennessee shortly after two o'clock on the morning of December 16, 1811, convincing many people that the world was coming to an end. Little did anyone realize that the region was shaking from the first of three major earthquakes that would become known as some of the most violent quakes in the history of North America.
Though most Americans associate earthquakes with the Pacific Coast states, three powerful quakes known as the New Madrid earthquakes shook the region along the Mississippi River in 1811 and 1812. The quakes were named after New Madrid, the closest settlement to the center of the quakes, in the territory of Missouri. If the Richter scale had existed in 1811, scientists believe the quakes would have measured more than 8.0. The quake zone covered more than one million square miles, an area two to three times larger than the 1964 Alaska earthquake and ten times larger than the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
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Table of Contents

The Transylvania Purchase—1775       

The Lost State of Franklin—1784        

Andrew Jackson’s Duel—1806           

The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis—1809     

The New Madrid Earthquakes—1811–1812   

America’s First Antislavery Newspaper—1819           

The Invention of the Cherokee Alphabet—1821          

The Cherokee Removal—1838           

The Volunteers of Tennessee—1846   

The Battle of Shiloh—1862     

The Making of a Confederate Hero—1863      

Pauline Cushman’s Escape—1863       

The Sultana Disaster—1865    

America’s First Registered Distillery—1866     

Pulaski’s Secret Society—1866           

The Birth of a Newspaper Empire—1878        

The Grim Reaper’s Visit to Memphis—1878   

The British Invasion of Tennessee—1880         

The First Coca-Cola Bottling Company—1899           

Casey Jones and the Cannonball Express—1900         

The Lynching of Murderous Mary—1916        

Winning the Right to Vote for Women—1920  

The Scopes “Monkey” Trial—1925     

The Grand Ole Opry—1925

America’s First Guide Dogs for the Blind—1929         

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth—1931    

The Making of the Tennessee Valley Authority-1933

The Secret Oak Ridge Project—1943 

From Memphis to Stardom—1954      

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.—1968     

The World’s Fair—1982         

The Filming of Christy—1993  

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